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Did You Know?

New York, Aug 22, 2008

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

HHS Publishes Rule to Adopt ASC X12 005010 Standards
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for the adoption of Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 Version 005010 transactions enhancements standard.

With a focus on improved efficiency and accuracy, reduced costs and expanded care, the new ASC X12 version 005010 standard will be adopted by entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), such as health plans, health care clearing houses, and health care providers. The rule requires compliance with the ASC X12 version 005010 by April 1, 2010.

Interested stakeholders are invited to submit comments on the updated standards by October 21, 2008. For more information, please visit

ICC Introduces New Standard for Storm Shelters
The ANSI Board of Standards Review has approved a standard for storm shelters developed by the International Code Council (ICC), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, and the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA), with the support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Basing its safety criteria on the rarest and strongest storms, ICC 500-2008 ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters will provide design, construction, and performance of design rules for community shelters and residential safe rooms.

A code change recommendation will be made to include the new standard in the 2009 International Building and Residential Codes during the Code Council’s Annual Conference in Minneapolis on September 14-23, 2008.

APEC Survey on the Participation of Business in National Committees
Last week, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry issued its report on the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) survey, which describes the participation of business in international standardization activities.

Sponsored by APEC to promote more active involvement of industry stakeholders in national and international standardization activities, the survey prompted APEC member economies to collect information on the current level of industry participation within their national member bodies to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), as well as within their domestic standards activities.

The national data were analyzed and summarized by Japan; as of July 22, 2008, the following economies had reported: Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, People’s Republic of China, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and the United States.

The results of this survey were recently reported at the Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance plenary meeting, held during the August 12-13, 2008, APEC conference in Cuzco, Peru.

For more information and to view the survey results, please click here.

To further promote active industry participation in standardization activities, Japan has offered to conduct and analyze this survey on a yearly basis, with possible future cooperation by the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC).

ANSI’s Senior Vice President and COO Awarded by SES
Frances E. Schrotter was recognized as an Honorary Life Member of the Standards Engineering Society (SES) during the Society’s 57th Annual Conference, held in San Diego last week.

Prized for her distinction and outstanding accomplishment in the field of standardization, Ms. Schrotter is ANSI’s senior vice president and chief operating officer. In this position, she has primary responsibility for the Institute’s activities supporting and facilitating the participation of U.S. interests in domestic, regional, and international standardization activities.

Ms. Schrotter, who first joined ANSI in 1976, has worked with numerous domestic and international committees developing standards in dozens of industries. She spent many years in the information technology standards arena, and served as the first international secretariat of the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC 1) on Information Technology.

CINA Earns Accreditation as a Developer of American National Standards
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the accreditation of the Certification Institute of North America (CINA), an ANSI organizational member, as a developer of American National Standards.

An advocate for industrial standards that help the prevention of incidents, CINA certifies products complying with applicable standards for safety and performance.

For additional information, please contact: Mr. Wayne Bryce, executive director, National Organization for Competency Assurance (telephone: 201.512.8812; fax: 201.760.0582;

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